Saturday, 2 April 2011

Gem and Mineral Show

Today I attended the 39th annual Gem & Mineral show in Paris, Ontario. It was hosted by The Brantford Lapidary and Mineral Society. It was my first time ever attending and I was hoping to purchase some interesting stones to incorporate into my jewelry designs. I was looking primarily for Cabochons (stones that are flat on the back and have been cut and polished) to create bezel settings for them. There were tons of gorgeous stones of every shape and size, stone cutting and polishing demonstrations, Lapidary equipment and supplies, amazing fossils and so on, however, not so much of what I was looking for. Anyhow I did manage to pick up a few stones.


Labradorite in its raw form

Labradorite is one of my favorite stones. I love its unique characteristics. How it has flashes of color in different lighting situations. It turns sea blue, green and gold in bright light, and can turn dark green to grey in dim light. Labradorite was originally found along the coast of Labrador, Canada. Today it is also found in Newfoundland, and other parts of Canada along with the United States and the Ukraine. 

The Labradorite gemstone is believed to bring kindness, joy and good fortune. It
energizes the soul, heals infections, provides a mental balance and acts as a barrier against negative energy.


Turquoise in its raw form

Turquoise is an opaque bluish-green mineral. It came to Europe by was of Turkey. Turquoise was mined more than 6,000 years ago and is said to be one of the oldest stones known. Most of the Turquoise today comes from Mexico and the United States.

Turquoise is said to neutralize over acidity and alleviates rheumatism, stomach ailments, viral infections and increase growth in muscle strength. It is also said to contain anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects. It is the symbol of friendship.

Turquoise is such a popular stone and looks fantastic paired up with sterling silver.

Blue Lace Agate

Blue Lace Agate in its raw form

Blue Lace Agate gets its name from the blue, lavender laced color. It is found in vein deposits with dolomite in the district of Karasburg, Namibia, Africa. Blue Lace Agate is a variety of Chalcedony which is a member of the quartz family.

It is known as a gentle, calming stone which brings calm and tranquility, and a lessening of anger and nervousness. It has been used to aid with arthritis, headaches, digestive issues and skin issues as well.

Blue Lace Agate is such a pretty and feminine looking stone.

Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl in its raw form

Mother of Pearl is an iridescent layer of material which forms the shell lining of many mollusks. Pearl Oysters and Abalone are both sources of Mother of Pearl.

Mother of Pearl is said to be a protective stone that brings the gentle healing power of the sea. It is a stress relieving stone, relaxing and calming to the emotions. Mother of Pearl also stimulates imagination, and sensitivity.

What jewelry pieces shall I create with these stones?


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